Wednesday 1 March 2023

SHE’S OUT! Chicago Mayor Lori Lighfoot Fails to Reach Second Round of Mayoral Race

 The New York Times has just reported current mayor of Chicago, Illinois, Lori Lightfoot has lost her re-election bid.

Lightfoot who has been criticized for her inability to put a stop to violent crime in Chicago was only able to obtain 16.5% of the vote and failed to make it into the runoff for the office.

Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas gained 35% of the vote and Brandon Johnson was able to snag 20%.

Both Vallas and Johnson will face each other in a run-off on April 4th.

 Chicago’s election rules require mayoral candidates to garner more than 50% of the vote in order to win, if no candidate is able to meet the 50% threshold then the two candidates with the most votes will face off in a runoff.



Per the New York Times:

Lightfoot of Chicago lost her bid for a second term on Tuesday, The Associated Press said, a resounding defeat that reflected widespread dissatisfaction from voters over her handling of crime and policing in the nation’s third-largest city.

The two candidates to emerge from Tuesday’s first round of voting — Paul Vallas, a former public schools executive, and Brandon Johnson, a county board commissioner — will advance to a runoff election on April 4.

After Paul Vallas received the most votes, the New York Times described Vallas as a Democrat with a conservatize mindset when it comes to tackling crime.

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